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personnel from benghazi to tripoli. officials originally believed the attack was prompted by an anti-islamic video, but said this attack was too coordinated to have been spontaneous. >> reporter: good evening from washington. these shocking murders of our diplomats serve as a reminder of how dangerous the culture clash still is between the west and much of the muslim world. and how intense the clashes now between the rivals in the race for the white house. the u.s. consulate was still burning when president obama ordered in u.s. marines to protect american officials remaining in libya. he learned this morning four diplomats were dead. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. >> reporter: riots preceded the deaths, first in cairo, then in benghazi, libya's number two city, well known to u.s. ambassador chris stevens. he was there when u.s. air raids prevented a massacre by moammar gadhafi. stevens reportedly braved the riot to help evacuate his people but was killed along with three colleagues. secretary of state clinton was chris steve
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi this past september 11 wasn't just a mob action." evidence is growing that the murder of ambassador chris stevens was planned and targeted. in new york today the president of libya met with secretary of state clinton at the united nations. he said that the libyan people had lost a friend. a year ago in libya a bunch of ragtag militias overthrew the dictator moammar qaddafi and it's one of those militias that's suspected in the attack on the americans. that attack was apparently the last straw for the people in benghazi. elizabeth palmer reports the citizens there have risen up to throw them t militias out. >> reporter: furious citizens took matters into their own hands. on friday night, crowds overran bases controlled by extremist militias in benghazi and drove them out. by dawn, three bases were just burned-out shells. during the battle to topple colonel qaddafi last year these same men were seen as heroes. but since then many have set themselves up as vigilantes. operating from bases like this one which, after the militias fled on friday night, was se
of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans in benghazi this week. but as we've mentioned, the protests continue in other parts of the arab world. jim continues our coverage from cairo, where there are new calls for protests. >> reporter: benghazi remained fairly calm today. perhaps the libyan government's quick crackdown on alleged perpetrators, four individuals have reportedly been arrested. and a manhunt is ongoing for others. the u.s. government is taking no chances. all u.s. diplomatic personnel have been evacuated to tripoli, and only emergency staff is being kept on at the embassy there. meanwhile, here in cairo, it has been another interesting day, another 24 hours of protests against the made in usa anti-islam film. last night, some very dramatic scenes near the u.s. embassy clashes between protesters throwing stones, riot police charging those protesters, firing tear gas, trying to disperse the crowd. there has not been a further breach of the u.s. embassy grounds. that is the good news. but it has remained violent. at least 224 injured, have needed treatment so
and three other state department employees in benghazi, libya. the attack on the u.s. consulate there may have been motivated in part by an american-made internet video that ridicules islam. nancy cordes is at the u.n. tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the president today delivered an extended defense of free speech rights here at the u.n. in an address that appeared to be aimed at leaders from the muslim world. >> i would like to begin today by telling you about an american named chris stevens. >> reporter: the president told world leaders today that the slain u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, had gone to benghazi to establish a cultural center and help modernize a hospital. >> today we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our united nations. >> reporter: it's still unclear what motivated the terrorist attack, but president obama focused on that anti-muslim video made in california, explaining why the u.s. can't and won't ban a movie that mr. obama himself described as "crude and disgusting." >> i know that not all countries in this body share this
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